Today’s “It’s a Jimmy Thing” is all about mixing it up. We all know that a key element to staying healthy is staying active in mind and body and Karma posted a brain exercise a few weeks ago. Here is the link for those of you who did not get a chance to read it: Is your medulla oblongata flabby?
It’s easy to stay with our same, everyday routines – we drive the same way to work every day, jog the same trail, or take the same fitness class from the same instructor. Doing the same thing is comfortable. But you know what’s more fun? Mixing it up now and then – think Picaso or blended margaritas. You can start small. Take a different route to work tomorrow (but make sure you know the way so you don’t get lost, end up being late for work, and get fired – that would mix it up in a whole different way). Do something simple like taking the back streets to work. Take the same exercise class you always take, but from a different instructor. Karma loves her Zumba, but the other day there was a new instructor filling in for her regular instructor and she said she felt a little uneasy. It isn’t all that fun not knowing the moves, but she approached it with an open mind. She said she worked her brain as hard as her body just trying to learn new steps and rhythms. She also ended up enjoying herself and it opened up a whole new “Zumba” world to her, which is good because she is going to do Zumba for the Cure 2010 on June 11th, and now she knows a few more steps (that will make us all happier, if you know what I mean). One word of caution, when you do decide to mix-it-up, be prepared to experience some discomfort (that’s part of the “fun”) so keep an open mind and relax.
When it comes to keeping our heart strong and our muscles toned, sometimes we do not have time to go to the gym or for a run. You can mix-it-up by going “Old School” (one of my favorite movies, by the way). You can do our weekend boot camp challenge, or just doing the same kinds of “boot camp” exercises on your own (who knew that jumping jacks, wall squats and planks could be so tiring?). I have also added a medicine ball to my daily routine, which has challenged me in new ways, and I started doing the 30 Day Shred, which has opened up a whole new world of exercises for me. I even did the 30 Day Shred in my office while waiting for a phone call the other day because I knew I would not have the time to go for an afternoon jog. I went to iTunes and started the 30 day shred, and when I was finished I felt great. So, try out a new workout dvd or add a medicine ball, a bosu ball, or just something fun to your normal workout routine.
One final thing I am going to do (you can put this down as one of my goals) is to work on my old Schwinn Sierra mountain bike. Darla and I have always loved riding bikes and a number years ago we replaced our old mountain bikes with new ones. How old were the bikes we replaced, well, our son Robbie used to ride in the child’s bike seat on the back of my Schwinn; he is 24 years old now. Anyway, to give my mind a challenge, and give me a sense of accomplishment, I am going to work on my old red Schwinn and get it back on the road. I am going to turn my bike into my shopping and post office bike.